• Eduzeit
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Germany is known for its exceptional quality education and wide range of programs. Therefore, this nation has become a dream destination for students all across the globe. This naturally includes students from Nepal as well. It would be fair to say that Germany is one of the most sought-after education destinations for Nepali students. This desire is not unwarranted. Germany has some of the best Universities across the globe.

Furthermore, the German degree is globally accredited as well. However, as a Nepali student, you may wonder - How to apply for German Universities. Well, this is exactly what we are here to answer for you.

In this blog, we will provide a step-by-step guide on applying to German universities. So, without any further ado, let's get started!

How do you apply for a German University from Nepal?

The complete process to apply for German University from Nepal is complicated. You have to find suitable programs and then meet the eligibility criteria before you can even consider applying. Furthermore, the specifics of the process will vary from person to person. However, there is a general guideline that you can follow. Following is a step-by-step guide on how to apply to German universities.

Step 1: Find a Suitable University and Program

Before applying for a German University, the first step is to find the right University and program. For this, you must first determine your future academic and career goals. If you still need to do this, now is the best time to start. Once you have done this, it is time to find the right course and University. For this, you can consider several factors. Some of the key factors are as follows:

  • Course structure
  • Reputation of the University
  • University Ranking
  • Location
  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Tuition Fees
  • Practical Session

If you want to know more about the top Universities in Germany, we have already covered this in our earlier blog. Do give it a read for further details. You should note that these are just some factors to find the right course. You can add your factors to suit your needs. Furthermore, the good news is that regardless of your needs, Germany offers you the perfect course and University.

Step 2: Check the Requirements

You should check the requirements once you have found the University and course. Now, it should be noted that the specifics of the requirements will vary between Universities and education programs. However, some general requirements are as follows.

Academic Requirements

The specifics of the academic requirements will vary depending on your University and your program. However, the following are some of the minimum requirements you must fulfill.

  • Graduation of 10th and 12th Grade, along with their certificate
  • Academic transcripts showing grades in major subjects.
  • Completion of 10+2 or equivalent to German Abitur Diploma.
  • Strong grades in relevant subjects for Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum score of 50% to 60% or 3.0 GPA in Bachelors
  • Letter of recommendation from University and College professors
  • Certificates from standardized tests such as GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE.
  • A Strong Statement Of Purpose (SOP)
  • Completion of Master's degree with good grades along with research experience.

Do note that what we mentioned here are just the basic requirements to study in Germany. They can vary depending on the University and education curriculam. 

These are just some of the minimum academic requirements to study in Germany.

Language Requirements

Similar to academic requirements, the language requirements vary from University to program. However, some of the base requirements to study in Germany from Nepal are as follows.

  • A minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or a TOEFL score of 80 for an English bachelor.
  • A minimum of 6.5 in IELTS or 90 in TOEFL for English-taught masters
  • A minimum score of 3 to 4 in TestDaf or DSH for a taught Bachelor's program
  • A minimum score of 4 to 5 in TestDaf or DSH for German-taught Masters or C1 Goethe Zertifikat
  • A minimum of C1 level German language proficiency for Ph.D. programs

You should remember that regardless of whether you choose an English-taught course or a taught course, you must have an A1 or A2 level of language proficiency to apply. If you want some of Nepal's best German language services, remember us at Edu Zeit for Intensive A1, A2, B1, and B2 German language courses.


After you have covered the language aspect, you should gather the required documents. The key documents you will require to study in Germany from Nepal are as follows:

  • Academic Transcripts
  • Language Proficiency Certificates
  • Valid Passport
  • A well-written Statement Of Purpose (SOP)
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • CV/Resume
  • Financial Proof
  • Health Insurance
  • University Application form
  • Cover Letter
  • Passport Size Photographs

Do note that these are just some of the key documents. The specific documents will vary depending on the University and course of your choice. You should also note that it is not possible to gather all of these documents before you complete the latter steps. However, it is a good idea to know the requirements.

Step 3: Manage your Finance

Finance is an integral aspect of studying abroad. Therefore, this is the next step after knowing and meeting the eligibility criteria. Although the exact cost of studying in Germany will vary depending on the University, you should have an estimated finance of roughly 11,208 per year. This excludes the cost of student visas and language classes. If you want to know more about how we arrived at this cost, check out our blog on the secrets to the cost of living in Germany.

Regardless, it is always good to have a bit more finance than the base requirements. Therefore, having a surplus of 1,000 or 2,000 in your blocked account will help you during tight times.

Step 4: Apply for University

Once you have your finances in order, it is time to apply for University. You can apply directly to the internal office of the University. You can also visit as an alternative. While not all universities use this site, it is a centralized admission portal run by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Do note Germany is a hub for international students. Therefore, it may take a while to go through all the applications. Therefore, as a Nepali student, you should apply for the German University when the application offer opens.

Step 5: Get a German student visa

If you are selected and receive the admission letter, you can start the process of getting a German student visa. While the visa application can be complex, you can make the process easier with German education consultants such as Edu Zeit. Now, do note that the visa waiting process can get long. Therefore, you should apply for it as soon as you receive the admission letter. While applying for German student visas, you should also open a blocked account and apply for German health insurance.

Step 6: Get German Health Insurance.

During the process of getting a German student visa, you should get health insurance as well. Germany is one of those nations where you cannot study without getting a student visa. Since we have already covered this topic in detail, you can check out our work regarding health insurance in Germany.

Keeping this brief, you should get German health insurance to study in this nation. The type of health insurance you apply for can vary depending on your specific needs. Regardless, it is an essential aspect of studying in Germany.

Step 7: Find Accommodation

After getting your health insurance in order, you should find accommodation in Germany. Now, the type of accommodation will vary depending on your financial capabilities. You can rent a studio apartment and live there if you have good financial capabilities. However, if your financial capabilities are not high, you can stay in hostels or university-provided accommodations. If you want aid in accommodation finding, feel free to contact us at your convenience. We will be happy to lend you our aid.

Step 8: Enroll in a University

Once you have everything in order, you can enroll in a German University. After you enroll in a German University, you can use the facilities of the University. Furthermore, you will also need to enroll before the start of every semester. The cost of enrolling will vary depending on the University. To enroll in a German University, you will need the following documents.

  • Passport with Visa or Residence permit
  • Passport Photos
  • Completed Registration Form
  • Proof of Entrance Qualification
  • Notice of Admission
  • Proof of Health Insurance
  • Payment Receipt for the Semester Fee.

Once enrolled, you will receive a certificate that acts as a student's ID. This ID allows you to apply for residence and class permits.

This is the basic gist of a step-by-step guide on how to apply to German universities. However, you should note that the details may vary depending on your specific circumstances.


Germany is one of the best education destinations for all Nepali students. However, applying for education in Germany can be confusing. The good news is that with our step-by-step guide on applying to German universities, you can clearly understand the general process.

We hope you found this helpful. If you want further insights regarding education in Germany, do check out some of our other blogs. And as always, thank you for reading till the end.

FAQ on Applying for German Universities

Is IELTS required for Germany?

A: Yes, you need to have IELTS to study in Germany. If you want to study in Germany, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or more for a Bachelor's or 6.5 or more for a Master's program. Furthermore, you must have an IELTS score of 7.0 or more for a Ph.D.

Is Gap accepted in Germany?

A: Yes, you can apply for Germany with GAP through programs such as Youth For Understanding (YFU) programs. This program accepts one to two years of gap as long as you have a valid justification in your portfolio. In this case you should mention the activities you are involved in during your gap period. 

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